Fire reserves drop opener

The Fire opened up the 2013 Reserve League schedule with a 2-1 defeat in Columbus this morning. The team only traveled thirteen players due to injuries and international call-ups and the side consisted of a mix of bench players, academy products, and trialists. The Fire's only goal was scored by Colin Rolfe in the 62nd minute after slotting home a rebound from a Yazid Atouba blast that was saved by Crew 'keeper Matt Lampson.

Fire Line Up

GK Paolo Tornaghi

D Joel Leon*, Michael Jiminez*, Hunter Jumper, Leo Lelis**

M Oscar Gonzalez*, Brendan King, Corben Bone, Yazid Atouba

F Colin Rolfe**, Quincy Amarikwa

Bench: Alec Kann, Maicon Santos

*Academy player

**Trialist

USA v Mexico WCQ

The USMNT's latest trip to Azteca Stadium to take on their national footballing rivals south of the border takes place tonight. Coverage begins at 8:30 cdt on ESPN with kick-off scheduled an hour later. The US finally broke the spell in Azteca Stadium last August by winning a friendly 2-1, but this one is different. The implications are huge for World Cup Qualifying. Mexico is struggling in the "Hex" after two draws and needs a win at home. A US victory would place the Yanks at the top of the table if Honduras loses or draws in Panama.

Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Panama hosts Honduras, and Jamaica is in Costa Rica tonight.

Remaining USMNT qualifying schedule:

6/7 @Jamaica

6/11 v Panama

6/18 v Honduras

9/6 @Costa Rica

9/10 Mexico

10/11 Jamaica

10/15 @Panama

Fire in WCQ.....

Joel Lindpere scored Estonia's second goal in his country's 2-0 win over Andora today.

Filed under: 2013 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • The Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz gives three reasons for the Fire's slow start (on and off the field)......

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130326/sports/703269647/?interstitial=1

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Pretty much the same observations we've been making here. The team is suffering from the absense of some key veteran defenders. Owners won't pony up the money to make any major personnel moves that might yield a REAL scoring threat. What economy-minded moves the ownership is willing to make, even when they look good (i.e. the midfield moves this past off-season), never seem to quite pan out.

  • Let's hope the Fire can score on Minnesota. Would not be much of a confidence booster if they can't...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I've been suffering the dread Michigan Bucks flashbacks this week. *shudder*

  • Spoke to Leon, Klopas, and Friedrich today. Post coming up.....

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